The 2021 Robertson County Fair is just around the corner, beginning next week, after being canceled last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s fair begins Tuesday, Sept. 7, ushering in several days loaded with activities, to include not only a nightly carnival, but also a full range of arena events, shows and exhibits.
The event concludes Saturday, Sept. 11.
Things will kick off at 5 p.m. Tuesday with the fair parade, beginning at 10th Avenue, moving down Memorial Boulevard to the fairgrounds, 4635 Hwy. 41.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to the opening night’s carnival, the dairy show will begin at 7 p.m. with go-kart racing at the arena.
Cost is $14 per person on Tuesday, as well as Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m., which includes gate entry, carnival rides and attendance at arena events. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday as well.
Gate entry on Friday and Saturday is $12 for adults and $6 for students up to high-school age. Carnival tickets will be sold separately.
With gates opening at 3 p.m. on Saturday, guests can purchase a $20 wristband for carnival rides, which is in addition to the gate entrance fee.
Firefighters, law enforcement, emergency management and military — past and present — will have free gate admission on Saturday with identification.
The five-day event will include everything from goat, beef, sheep, and pet shows, live entertainment, a car show and talent show, baking and canning competitions, as well as photography, art, needlework and educational exhibits, to name a few.
Arena events throughout the week include barrel races, go-kart races, and a monster truck rally — concluding with a demolition derby on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“Prior to the demolition derby, we will have a 9-11 remembrance ceremony to recognize the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11th,” said Chad Gregory with the fair board.
Wednesday is designated as Faith Night.
A school spirit showdown and service will be part of the evening.
“The lip-sync battle is returning, compliments of the Credit Union for Robertson County. That is on Thursday night,” Gregory said.
Attendees are encouraged to social distance and wear a mask, if they choose, as the pandemic still continues, said Gregory.
Hand-sanitizer stations and an additional hand-washing station will be set up on the grounds, in addition to the washing areas at the on-site restrooms.
Parking will be available at nearby Legion Field and The Warehouse across from the fairgrounds, as well as along the highway shoulder.
Some nights, parking will be available at the pit, adjacent to the fairgrounds, according to Gregory.
“We hope to return better than ever; come out and have a great time,” Gregory said.
For a full schedule of events and entry deadlines for exhibits, shows and arena activities, go to www.robertsoncountyfair.com.